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Preschool Academics

Understanding that a child may be stronger in one area or method of learning allows us to help each child grow and learn. For this reason, we incorporate best practices from a variety of different philosophies, including Montessori Method, Emergent Curriculum / Reggio Emilia, and Constructivist Approaches.

Modified Montessori influences include the use of quality materials for strengthening fine motor skills, particularly located in the practical life centers in the preschool classroom. Working rugs and trays are used to identify each child’s individual working space for pouring, spoon transfer, and tong work. Children learn to be peacemakers, including by walking quietly and respectfully in the hallways and by caring for their classroom and the playground. Children demonstrate self-control by using peaceful hands and peaceful bodies. We celebrate the life of each child with a “Celebration of Life” experience for birthdays and half-birthdays.

The emphasis is on children’s capability and resourcefulness. Children’s voices are heard, and their unique views and ideas are visible. Lessons and projects are guided by the interests of the children. The classroom environments evolve throughout the course of the school year, including highly participatory structures and continuous collaboration among children, teachers, and families. This sensibility promotes both democratic citizenship and the satisfaction of contributing in a productive way to collective life and happiness.

The constructive approach emphasizes the needs of individual children primarily through small group instruction. We recognize differences even among typically developing children; therefore, the constructivist teacher believes that all children require accommodations to have their individual needs met. Constructivist teachers take into account and support varying abilities of individual children through the use of developmentally-appropriate practices and child‑initiated experiences. The result is a supportive, collaborative, child‑centered environment in which all children flourish.

Content Area Curriculum

Subjects within the curriculum include the following: Prayer, Social and Emotional Development, Language Arts Development, Fine Motor Development, Handwriting, Cognitive Development (Science/Social Studies), Cognitive Development (Math), and Practical Life. Examples of thematic units within the curriculum include: